Thursday Notes: Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities

Mark Your Calendars

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In This Issue

Letters from the Principals: Be sure to read Mrs. Heyward's Letter to Bryant Families and Mrs. Alston's letter to Pattengill families, filled with timely information for our school community.

Bryant's Family Reading Night Is Tonight: Don't forget to come to Reading Night tonight dressed in your PJ's, 6:30-8pm, with story time at 7pm in the Bryant Media Center. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be taking place if you are interested in purchasing books at that time for this great event. Please see attached flyer below for more information.

Bryant Book Fair Ends Tomorrow (Friday): Come out and get your favorite new books just in time for the Read-A-Thon! Book Fair hours will be from 9:00am-8:00pm on Thursday (3/3), and 9:00am-2:00pm on Friday (3/4). The Book Fair will also be open tonight during Family Night on for your convenience. If you prefer to order online, visit for the Online Book Fair. Questions? Contact Carmen Atkins at or Mrs. Rohde (Bryant Media Specialist)

Pattengill's Science Fair Is Rescheduled for March 7: As a result of the snow day that occurred last Thursday, the Science Fair has been rescheduled to Monday, March 7, 6-7:30pm in the Pattengill Gym. See you there!

Fifth Grade Camp Is Next Week: Reminder, Fifth Grade Camp at Howell Nature Center is next week, March 9-11. The packing list and all other important documents can be found on the camp website Questions? Contact 5th Grade Camp Chair Barb Zimdars at

Girls on the Run Registration Has Been Expanded: Thanks to enthusiastic support from our volunteer coaches, we're excited to announce that we have additional openings on our Pattengill team! Open to all 3rd-5th grade girls, GOTR will meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15-5:45pm, March 7-May 20. The GOTR lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development, and we will end the season by running a 5k on North Campus. Click here to learn more and to register. Any girl can try one lesson for free between March 7-18, with a signed flier. Due to 5th grade camp, our first four lessons will be 3/7, 3/14, 3/16, and 3/17. Try it out! Registration is open until March 18. Financial assistance is available. Email: for more information. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Deyarmond at:

Come to Tech Night at Pattengill on March 15th: Make sure you mark on your calendar this great event occurring on Tues, Mar. 15th at 6:30pm, where you get to learn how technology is incorporated into your child(s) learning experience everyday. Please see attached description of all the different presentations that will be occurring.

March Restaurant Day at California Pizza Kitchen: Mark your calendars for our next Restaurant Day on Sunday, March 20, at California Pizza Kitchen in Briarwood Mall. Dine-in or carry-out between 11am-8pm, present the attached flyer, and our schools will receive 20% of your purchase. We hope having Restaurant Day on a Sunday helps you gather with family and friends to enjoy a good meal for a great cause.

Check Out the New Blog for Project Lead The Way: Please welcome Gretchen Dawson to Bryant and make sure to check out her blog about the STEM lessons happening through Project Lead The Way:

Compassion in Action Newsletter: Learn about the importance of sleep on academics, behavior, and more; how to participate in Autism Awareness Month; opportunities for free family fun, and more! Check out the attached March/April newsletter from our Bryant/Pattengill school social worker, Ms. Elster.

A Big Thank You!: A big Thank You to Karishma Collette and her amazing team for another successful Kindergarten Roundup. The weather was awful outside, but the spirit inside was awesome! Thank you to the Bryant staff, parent volunteers and Pioneer High School Rising Scholars!

Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities

Don't Forget To Sign Up for Disability Awareness Workshop: "Can you imagine what it would be like to push a wheelchair through the snow outside?" The Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) teaches 4th and 5th graders an empathetic understanding of physical, developmental, and learning disabilities. On Thursday, March 31, 23 parent volunteers are needed for each of 2 DAW workshops at Pattengill: 4th grade in the morning, and 5th grade in the afternoon. Volunteers will assist students at several hands-on stations: vision, hearing, speech, learning disabilities, physical impairments, and building accessibility. No experience working with people with disabilities is necessary. Lunch is provided for all volunteers! Please click on the sign-up sheet to support this important experience for our kids, and be a part of the DAW team! Questions? Contact Jaime Moore: or Xan Morgan:

Looking To Volunteer? We need YOU! There is an opportunity for ALL B/P families to pitch in, whether you have daytime or evening availability. Many of our upcoming school events need more volunteers. Please visit 2015-2016 Bryant/Pattengill Volunteer Sign-Up to select an event or activity that works for you. We can help you find a good fit! Contact PTO board members Carmen Atkins, VP of Bryant: or Jennifer Nguyen, VP of Pattengill: Thank you!


Read-A-Thon Has Begun: Our annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser is under way! It ends March 9. It's easy and FUN! Students ask friends and relatives to sponsor them for time spent reading. As they read, they will also earn raffle tickets for a chance to win small, daily prizes. The classroom with the highest average hours read at Bryant and Pattengill will each win a class party! Read-A-Thon is a major fundraiser for our paired schools, helping to fund field trips, assemblies, classroom supplies, and much more. If you need additional materials please visit our PTO Read-a-Thon page at or go to either school office. Questions? Email us at

Former B/P Student in Need of Our Support: Alec Vorhoff is a graduate of Bryant/Pattengill and currently an 8th grader at Tappan Middle School. Alec was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. He has begun radiation treatments and chemotherapy. Alec and his mom Heather are in need of financial assistance to endure the long road ahead. Friends have created a site, to support the Vorhoff family during Alec's treatment. Please consider helping this family during a difficult time, all donations are greatly appreciated.

Visit the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop: Located at 2280 S. Industrial Hwy., the PTO Thrift Shop supports our schools and students. Shop, donate, and support AAPS!

Mark Your Calendars

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